San Diego State University’s 2010 graduates will be among the first in the nation to wear new sustainable caps and gowns.
Fabric will decompose in soil within one year
The fabric in the graduation regalia, from Jostens new Elements Collection, is developed using 100 percent acetate material proven to decompose in soil within one year. Additionally, the zippers are made from 100 percent recycled plastic and the earth-friendly packaging contains material that facilitates the decomposition process of the cap and gown bag, according to Jostens.
“We are excited and proud that as a university and graduating class we are among the first in the nation to utilize the new sustainable caps and gowns,” said graduating senior Nick Disher. “We want to pave the way for a full-scale sustainability movement by and for SDSU and the surrounding community.”
Regalia part of SDSU's green initiative
More than 10,000 students will debut the new caps and gowns at graduation ceremonies held at Viejas Arena May 21–23.
"SDSU students strongly support and implement green intiatives on campus. By offering environmentally responsible commencement products, they can extend that commitment to their last days as students," said Associated Students Sustainability Commissioner Grant Mack.
New Elements Collection by Jostens
The Elements Collection also offers students an additional way to support the environment through a unique Student Give Back Program. When a student redeems their Elements Collection regalia hang tag code online, Jostens will contribute $1 to support environmental sustainability.